Helpers needed to support hospice’s annual walk

Extra helpers are needed to make sure a charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year runs without a hitch.

St Nicholas Hospice Care needs 300–plus marshals to make sure its Girls Night Out walk, in Bury St Edmunds, on September 8, runs like clockwork.

Charlie De-Moore, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: “Every year Girls Night Out brings fun, laughter and flashing bunny ears to the streets of Bury. Volunteering as a marshal is a great way to get involved and enjoy the atmosphere of the evening.

“High-fiving and waving are optional, all our volunteers need to do is supply is a smile, enthusiasm and the ability to encourage walkers – especially any who might be feeling a little weary.”

On the night, which is this year supported by main sponsor JM Finn, marshals are in pairs along the 11.2 and six-mile routes equipped with high-visibility jackets, maps, bin bags and plasters to aid the walkers.

They help guide those women taking part as they walk around the town wearing pyjamas and flashing bunny ears and are often the friendly faces that spur many on to cross the finish line.

Charlie said: “So far more than 1,800 women have signed up for the event, but without those who generously volunteer their time as marshals Girls Night Out really could not go ahead. Our marshals have a vital role in making sure everyone taking part has a safe and enjoyable time. Marshalling is also a great way to get involved if you don’t feel able to take part in the walk.”

Marshals usually volunteer for two-hour shifts between 7.30pm and midnight, with the option of doing one or two shifts.

For more information on marshalling contact Charlie De-Moore on 01284 715599 or email

There is still time to sign up to take part in Girls Night Out. Registration costs £15, including a T-shirt and a pair of flashing bunny ears.

You must be aged 14 to take part and those between 14 and 17 must walk with someone over the age of 18.

Registration forms are available from hospice shops or you can sign up online at


Pictured above are some of those who give up their time on the night as Girls Night Out marshals.

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